If you’ve ever felt like the only way to get rid of a particularly tenacious dick on the dance floor is by faking a fatal heart attack, at least now you can take comfort in the fact that the experience is so universal as to cross the boundaries of species.
The latest #relatable revelation to emerge from our study of the animal kingdom: a Swiss ecologist has discovered that female dragonflies often fake their own deaths to deter persistent suitors.
@DavidNelsonNews Him: hi, would you like to….
Her: *interrupts* I can’t, I’m suddenly dead
— LoLa (@lolalissaa) April 27, 2017
The study, published by Rassim Khelifa from the University of Zurich, found that female moorland hawker dragonflies who were pursued by males they weren’t keen on would literally drop out of the sky and play dead to avoid their advances.
According to his study, 27 out of 31 observed female dragonflies did the drop-and-dodge, and 21 of the fake-outs were successful (RIP to the six who weren’t).
Speaking to New Scientist, Khelifa observed:
“Females may only behave in this way if male harassment is intense.”
Has Twitter picked this up and run with it?
Have done this at bars https://t.co/dmccU0pHom
— Jenavieve Hatch (@jenavievehatch) April 27, 2017
I just found out that female dragonflies will fake sudden death to avoid males and honestly I’ve never related more to anything in my life
— Ragen ?? (@RagenEggert) April 27, 2017
— Rubenesque Bitch (@AyeCeeWhy) April 27, 2017
lmaooooo wow niggas is universally annoying. female dragonflies faking their death to curve a nigga https://t.co/JEF3b1J8sM
— 7 GOD (@iiBreakNecks) April 28, 2017
Guys, just be glad when she says she already came with someone. https://t.co/HbVXaAluiS
— Tony Pizza (@trivialtony) April 30, 2017
@DavidNelsonNews now we’re gonna get a dragonfly emoji
— ??Run The Rules?? (@steaks) April 27, 2017
This study about female dragonflies who pretend to drop dead when unwanted suitors come along is the most relatable thing I’ve read all day
— Maddie Stone (@themadstone) April 27, 2017
Take notes, mates. Remember that old saying: if it’s good enough for the insect kingdom, it’s good enough for you.
Source: New Scientist.
Image: Getty / Auscape.